Before the night of 12 February, ten of the twelve spots in the final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix were already taken. In addition to the four winners of the earlier semi-finals, there are also six automatic qualifiers with booked places in the show. The fifth and last semi-final of the national selection took place on Saturday evening and after a faulty stream and minor widespread panic, we now have a winner. Clinching the ticket to the grand final is IMERIKA with her song “I Can’t Escape”.
Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final 5 Results
The concept of the semi-finals is as follows: The four semi-finalists are split into two duels, which is determined by an on-stage draw. The winners of both duels then face off in the final duel, where the winner advances directly to the MGP 2021 final. The remainder of the acts go to the wildcard round (siste sjanse, or final chance) on February 15.
The competing songs and artists of the third semi-final were: “Walking In My Sleep” by Ane.Fin, “I Can’t Escape” by IMERIKA, “Coming Home” by RIVER, “Bli med meg på gar’n” by TuVeia.
Duel 1: TuVeia vs RIVER
TuVeia gave off “En godt stekt pizza” vibes with their barnyard rockabilly number “Bli med meg på gar’n”. RIVER then took the stage with their Victor Cronesque pop piece “Coming Home”. TuVeia advanced only to Siste sjanse, as RIVER clinched the ticket to the final duel.
Duel 2: Ane.Fin vs IMERIKA
Ane.Fin took the stage first with her powerful electro-pop banger “Walking in My Sleep”. Fan favourite IMERIKA — whose stage name is a play on “I’m Erika” rather than the United States of America — followed. She channelled Billie Eilish with her soulful number “I Can’t Escape”. Her performance was tender, vulnerable and honest — living up to the idea of singing from the heart.
Final duel: RIVER vs IMERIKA
The other two songs competed for the remaining ticket in the gold final. RIVER and IMERIKA went up against each other. Both all-caps performers gave beautiful performances, and the tension was high. IMERIKA made the grand final, while the five-piece band RIVER made Siste sjanse.
MGP 2020 finalist Rein Alexander also debuted his Mørland-penned entry “Eyes Wide Open”. An automatic qualifier, we will also hear it in the grand final in one week.
What do you think of the results? Will “I Can’t Escape” do well in the final?